Well, you should be:
Chief Judge Virginia Phillips is pleased to announce that the United States
District Court is sponsoring an exhibition of postwar photographs of jazz life
by Herman Leonard. Shot in New York between 1948 and 1956, Leonard's work
documented the birth of bebop. K. Heather Pinson, the author of The Jazz Image
(University Press of Mississippi, 2010), a study of Leonard's work, has said,
He was a master of jazz, except his instrument was a camera. His photographs
are probably the single best visual representation of what jazz sounds like.
The exhibition, which begins in September, is from the collection of the
National Portrait Gallery and features Leonard's iconic images of jazz legends
such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday,
Quincy Jones, Thelonious Monk, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, and Dinah
As part of the exhibition, the Court is hosting a reception to honor
Leonard's life, his work, and iconic American jazz artists he captured with his
camera. The UCLA Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance is scheduled to
perform. The event will be free to the public and the Court is making a special
effort to reach our community's secondary school students to raise their
awareness of jazz and its titans. The reception is scheduled for September 21,
2017, starting at 4:00 p.m.
This exhibition is also presented in celebration of
the 2016 Grand Opening of the new state-of-the-art 1st Street Federal
Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
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